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Welcome to Woodfall Primary and Nursery

 

Week Beginning 16/03/20 - Lunch Menu Week 1

Woodfall Before and After School Club Link   Woodfall Nursery Link
     

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Friday 29th May, 2020

Dear Parents and Carer

I sincerely hope you and your families are well. We have missed teaching your children and very much look forward to welcoming them back.

Following our School Governors’ Meeting last night, and following the stance confirmed by the Government and our Local Authority, I can confirm that we have developed plans that we feel will minimise risk (this can never be 100% guaranteed) and are in line with the guidance being issued by the government for school to reopen.

From Monday 8th June 2020, we welcome and expect our Year 6 pupils only to return;

From Monday 15th June 2020, we welcome and expect our Year 1 pupils only to return.

Our Limited Care Provision is ongoing and will continue without interruption (8.30am to 3.20pm from 8th June 2020.

Our Before and After School Club will reopen from 8th June 2020: 7.30am to the start of school/Limited Care and from the end of the school day/Limited Care until 6pm.

Staggering the return will allow us to review our systems regularly and refine them if needed, prior to the introduction of further pupils.

Home learning will continue to be provided for all pupils, including for pupils in Year 6 and Year 1: we fully understand that some of you have not made a decision yet whether or not to return your child to school. No parent will be penalised for not returning their child to school this term and I need you to understand that your child is welcome at any point from the start date to the end of term. We have based our Risk Assessment and planning on every child in Year 6 and Year 1 returning.

I will be writing again on the evening of Friday 12th June 2020 to share plans and dates for the introduction of FS2 (Reception) and FS1 (Nursery) pupils; it is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate the return of pupils in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 as the government guidance states that pupils need to be in classes of no more than 15 and therefore every available space will be taken up accommodating our Year 6, Year 1, FS2 and Nursery pupils. We know this is not an ideal situation and we want to have all our children in school, however, the limited space and the social distancing measures that we must apply means that we are looking at a September return for the remaining pupils.

On return, our Year 6 and Year 1 pupils will be placed into ‘bubbles’ which will form their new class and the children will remain in these ‘bubbles’ throughout the day. Each ‘bubble’ will be taught by the same teacher and teaching assistant. This means that when your child returns, they may not return to the same classroom or the same class teacher as the classes have had to be split into two groups – 15 in each group. For our Year 1 pupils, if they aren’t with their current class teacher on 15th June 2020, they will be with their teacher who will be their new class teacher next year. For our Year 6 pupils, I need to share with you the joyful news that Mrs Howard is expecting her first baby in November 2020 and this means that, unfortunately, she will not be available to teach 6H pupils directly – Mrs Howard will be very busy ensuring there are home learning resources available on our website. I also have more joyful news! Mrs Harker Dempsey is also expecting her first baby in November and Mrs Harker Dempsey will also be ensuring that home learning resources are available online for all year groups (with Mrs Howard) as staff will be teaching in school.

The class teachers have ensured that the ‘bubbles’ have been created with friendship groups in mind.

The Year 6 Bubbles will be taught in the Year 5 and 6 classrooms by Miss Muir and Mr Ratnaike; Mr Boot and Mrs Jalali; Miss Hughes and Mrs Foster Knight and Mrs Mills and Mrs Hall.

Mrs Gleave’s Class (1G) will form two ‘Bubbles’; one taught by Mrs Gleave and Miss Snellgrove and the other taught by Mr Webb and Mrs S Cross.

Mrs Sheehy/Mrs Harrahill’s Class (1HS) will form two ‘Bubbles’; one taught by Mrs Sheehy/Mrs Harrahill and Mrs Gornall and the other taught by Miss Nesbitt and Mrs Roberts.

The daily timetable will be adapted to suit the children’s needs and will focus on the basic skills of Reading (Phonics for Year 1 pupils), Maths, PSHCE and Exercise daily and we are aware that Mental Wellbeing will be crucial in supporting our children on their return – we have available a range of resources to ensure our children thrive and have a strong understanding of the Pandemic and how to keep themselves safe from a scientific perspective.

To limit the number of people accessing the school site at anyone time we need to request that our Year 6 pupils use the Junior Gate entrance (not the Junior car park). School will open from 8.50am.

In line with guidance, parents/adults will be unable to enter the school playground and children will be collected from the Junior entrance. We expect children and parents to socially distance if arriving before 8.50am and there will be markings on the pavement to support social distancing and staff will also oversee this from 8.40am.

On 15th June 2020, we will expect our Year 1 parents to use the main school gate and the same format applies above. I will write again confirming the arrangement for Year 1 at the end of the school day.

School for Year 6 will finish at 3.20pm and the Year 6 children will leave via the Junior exit; from 15th June 2020, school for Year 1 pupils will finish at 3.15pm.

Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered to limit the number of children moving around the buildings and lunches will be delivered to the classrooms and eaten within the classrooms. Children may bring in a packed lunch from home and this will be stored under their desk in the classroom.

The playgrounds will be zoned for playtimes and lunchtimes and each ‘bubble’ allocated a zone. Each bubble will have access to their own set of play equipment which will be washed each day.

Whilst we expect children to wear their school uniform when in school, we need to request that children wear clean clothes daily in order to minimise the potential spread of the virus and we know requesting clean school uniform daily would be impractical and pose a challenge to you all.  Therefore, we request the children to wear clean practical clothes suitable for daily exercise and learning.

The government does not recommend the use of PPE for school staff but this is available if a child or a member of staff develop symptoms or when dealing with sickness. At all times, good hygiene will be reinforced within school. The children will be asked to wash their hands/sanitise hands on arrival, before and after each activity and this will be supervised. Hand sanitiser and soap is available for each bubble.

No one with symptoms should attend school for any reason. If a family member suffers symptoms then children should not return to school for 14 days. We expect families to please access the testing for COVID19 – details available via the government website. If someone in your household is extremely clinically vulnerable, children should not attend as school cannot adhere to stringent social distancing.

We would love to welcome every child back into school, as this is where they belong. Unfortunately, if your child has a sibling in a year group that is not returning at this time, we are unable to accommodate them in school. We share your worries and concerns – many of us are also parents and we want your children to be safe in school. As School leaders, I hope you can see that we have tried our best to manage the risk in school. Our plans have been created in line with government guidance, in consultation with the Local Authority and have been agreed by our Governing Body.

Our revised Risk Assessment is available on our website on the Homepage (at the bottom of the page).

Yours Sincerely,

Helen Hough

Headteacher

Friday 22nd May, 2020

Dear Parent/Carers,

 

Please find attached a letter from our Local Authority confirming that Schools within Cheshire West and Chester will not be opening before 8th June 2020. Scroll to the very bottom of the page to find it.

The Government is due to make an announcement on Thursday 28th May 2020 regarding Schools in England reopening.

I will write to you on Friday 29th May 2020 with our plans to re-open following this announcement and following a 'virtual' meeting of our Governing Body that same evening.

Just to be clear - we will not be reopening school during the week commencing 1st June 2020

Our Limited Care Provision will continue.

I sincerely hope you are all well and I have no doubt that you are looking after each other superbly.

Sincerely,

Helen Hough

Headteacher

 

 

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Monday 11th May 2020 

Message from School Leadership Team

Please find below the school’s response to the Prime Minister’s Sunday evening statement:

Before families make detailed plans, please note:

 

  • Our approach has not changed in that the school is still closed and only providing childcare for those critical workers that are essential for the COVID response and for a small number of vulnerable pupils

 

  • There is hoped to be more detailed information from the Department of Education which will flesh out the specifics (eg. no priority between the three year groups mentioned for the 1st June 2020 return)

 

  • The next phase is based on the 5 national COVID tests

 

  • There is a defined number of children the school can hold whilst remaining ‘COVID secure (based on social distancing in classroom size, social distancing in toilets, breaktimes etc)

 

Once we know more, we will advise you. Please be patient until this time when we will be able to answer the questions you must all have.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Helen Hough

Headteacher

 

 

Friday 27th March

Hi Woodfall
It's nearly the end of Week One and I hope that you are all doing well and staying safe.
I know that you will ALL be so sad to miss seeing my face at singing this afternoon so I have attached some of our favourite tracks here and words so that you can keep singing! Singing is a great way to stay happy! Remember no talking in between tracks and EVERYONE must join in!
Stay safe and keep working hard.

Mrs Bramham

Deputy Headteacher

 

 

**Coronavirus Update**

 

The School is currently closed to all pupils except Keyworker children.

 

CORONAVIRUS - information regarding the spread of coronavirus, and its impact on our school.

Parents are advised to read the government's guidance on staying at home in the case of suspected coronavirus infection. This is based on the most significant symptoms of:

  • The Year 4 Fair Trade Cafe will take place (as usual) in 2021
  • Celebration Assemblies will now take place without the parents or grandparent present
  • We will use video conferencing for Governors meetings.
     

Please see the link below for guidance on social distancing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

 

You are encouraged to make use of available resources such as TTRockstars and the pupil and curriculum area of the website.

If your child does not know their login information, these can be provided by school. To help us manage this, please email admin@woodfall.cheshire.sch.uk, rather than telephone.Up-to-date information on the actions taken by Public Health England are available on their website:

 

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

 

Congratulations to our Y3/4 football team who played with passion and skill at the county finals in Crewe placing 2nd! We are SO proud of you all well done girls.

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Diary

Will appear here once school have firm information when we will begin to open

 

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Click here to watch Woodfall Samba Drumming at Neston Christmas Fair

 

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CROSS COUNTRY

Cross country Race Dates for your Diaries will appear here hopefully in September 2020

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Clubs

Will hopefully resume from September 2020

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Sustainable Palm Oil Project

Friday 12 July

Flash Mob Conga at Neston Market

Article on Chester Sandard here

 

We are looking for local businesses to join us in supporting the Sustainable Palm Oil Town initiative, working to ensure that the food and household products we buy and sell contain palm oil from sustainable sources. It’s easier than you think!

-All we ask you to do is MAKE 1 CHANGE in your supply chain to switch from non-sustainable to sustainable palm oil. 

Make your pledge to join us Here